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Labor \La"bor\, v. i. [imp. & p. p.
{Labored}; p. pr. & vb. n.
{Laboring}.]
[OE. labouren, F. labourer, L. laborare. See {Labor}, n.]
[Written also {labour}.]

1.To exert muscular strength; to exert one's strength with painful effort, particularly in servile occupations; to work; to toil.
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Adam, well may we labor still to dress This garden. --Milton.
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2.To exert one's powers of mind in the prosecution of any design; to strive; to take pains.
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3.To be oppressed with difficulties or disease; to do one's work under conditions which make it especially hard, wearisome; to move slowly, as against opposition, or under a burden; to be burdened; -- often with under, and formerly with of.
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The stone that labors up the hill. --Granville.
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The line too labors, and the words move slow. --Pope.
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To cure the disorder under which he labored. --Sir W. Scott.
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Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. --Matt. xi. 28 [1913 Webster]

4.To be in travail; to suffer the pangs of childbirth; to be in labor.
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5.(Naut.) To pitch or roll heavily, as a ship in a turbulent sea. --Totten.
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From: "labour" The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
Labor \La"bor\ (l[=a]"b[~e]r), n. [OE. labour, OF. labour, laber, labur, F. labeur, L. labor; cf. Gr. lamba`nein to take, Skr. labh to get, seize.]
[Written also {labour}.]

1.Physical toil or bodily exertion, especially when fatiguing, irksome, or unavoidable, in distinction from sportive exercise; hard, muscular effort directed to some useful end, as agriculture, manufactures, and like; servile toil; exertion; work.
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God hath set Labor and rest, as day and night, to men Successive. --Milton.
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2.Intellectual exertion; mental effort; as, the labor of compiling a history.
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3.That which requires hard work for its accomplishment; that which demands effort.
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Being a labor of so great a difficulty, the exact performance thereof we may rather wish than look for. --Hooker.
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4.Travail; the pangs and efforts of childbirth.
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The queen's in labor, They say, in great extremity; and feared She'll with the labor end. --Shak.
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5.Any pang or distress. --Shak.
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6.(Naut.) The pitching or tossing of a vessel which results in the straining of timbers and rigging.
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7.[Sp.]
A measure of land in Mexico and Texas, equivalent to an area of 1771/7 acres. --Bartlett.
8.(Mining.) A stope or set of stopes. [Sp. Amer.]
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Syn: Work; toil; drudgery; task; exertion; effort; industry; painstaking. See {Toll}.
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From: "labour" The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
labour \la"bour\, n. Same as {labor}; -- British spelling. [Chiefly Brit.]
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Labor \La"bor\, n. [OE. labour, OF. labour, laber, labur, F. labeur, L. labor; cf. Gr. lamba`nein to take, Skr. labh to get, seize.]
[Written also {labour}.]

1.Physical toil or bodily exertion, especially when fatiguing, irksome, or unavoidable, in distinction from sportive exercise; hard, muscular effort directed to some useful end, as agriculture, manufactures, and like; servile toil; exertion; work. God hath set Labor and rest, as day and night, to men Successive. --Milton.
2.Intellectual exertion; mental effort; as, the labor of compiling a history.
3.That which requires hard work for its accomplishment; that which demands effort. Being a labor of so great a difficulty, the exact performance thereof we may rather wish than look for. --Hooker.
4.Travail; the pangs and efforts of childbirth. The queen's in labor, They say, in great extremity; and feared She'll with the labor end. --Shak.
5.Any pang or distress. --Shak.
6.(Naut.) The pitching or tossing of a vessel which results in the straining of timbers and rigging.
7.[Sp.]
A measure of land in Mexico and Texas, equivalent to an area of 1771/7 acres. --Bartlett. Syn: Work; toil; drudgery; task; exertion; effort; industry; painstaking. See {Toll}..

From: "labour" web1913 "Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)"Labor \La"bor\, v. i. [imp. & p. p.
{Labored}; p. pr. & vb. n.
{Laboring}.]
[OE. labouren, F. labourer, L. laborare. See {Labor}, n.]
[Written also {labour}.]

1.To exert muscular strength; to exert one's strength with painful effort, particularly in servile occupations; to work; to toil. Adam, well may we labor still to dress This garden. --Milton.
2.To exert one's powers of mind in the prosecution of any design; to strive; to take pains.
3.To be oppressed with difficulties or disease; to do one's work under conditions which make it especially hard, wearisome; to move slowly, as against opposition, or under a burden; to be burdened; -- often with under, and formerly with of. The stone that labors up the hill. --Granville. The line too labors,and the words move slow. --Pope. To cure the disorder under which he labored. --Sir W. Scott. Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. --Matt. xi. 28
4.To be in travail; to suffer the pangs of childbirth.
5.(Naut.) To pitch or roll heavily, as a ship in a turbulent sea. -- Totten..

From: "labour" wn "WordNet (r) 2.0"labour n 1: a social class comprising those who do manual labor or work for wages; "there is a shortage of skilled labor in this field" [syn: {labor}, {working class}, {proletariat}]
2: concluding state of pregnancy; from the onset of labor to the birth of a child; "she was in labor for six hours" [syn: {parturiency}, {labor}, {confinement}, {lying-in}, {travail}, {childbed}]
3: a political party formed in Great Britain in 1900; characterized by the promotion of labor's interests and the socialization of key industries [syn: {Labour Party}, {Labor Party}, {Labor}]
4: productive work (especially physical work done for wages); "his labor did not require a great deal of skill" [syn: {labor}, {toil}]
v 1: work hard; "She was digging away at her math homework"; "Lexicographers drudge all day long" [syn: {labor}, {toil}, {fag}, {travail}, {grind}, {drudge}, {dig}, {moil}]
2: strive and make an effort to reach a goal; "She tugged for years to make a decent living"; "We have to push a little to make the deadline!"; "She is driving away at her doctoral thesis" [syn: {tug}, {labor}, {push}, {drive}]
3: undergo the efforts of childbirth [syn: {labor}].

From: "labour" The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
Labor \La"bor\, v. i. [imp. & p. p.
{Labored}; p. pr. & vb. n.
{Laboring}.]
[OE. labouren, F. labourer, L. laborare. See {Labor}, n.]
[Written also {labour}.]

1.To exert muscular strength; to exert one's strength with painful effort, particularly in servile occupations; to work; to toil.
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Adam, well may we labor still to dress This garden. --Milton.
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2.To exert one's powers of mind in the prosecution of any design; to strive; to take pains.
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3.To be oppressed with difficulties or disease; to do one's work under conditions which make it especially hard, wearisome; to move slowly, as against opposition, or under a burden; to be burdened; -- often with under, and formerly with of.
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The stone that labors up the hill. --Granville.
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The line too labors, and the words move slow. --Pope.
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To cure the disorder under which he labored. --Sir W. Scott.
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Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. --Matt. xi. 28 [1913 Webster]

4.To be in travail; to suffer the pangs of childbirth; to be in labor.
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5.(Naut.) To pitch or roll heavily, as a ship in a turbulent sea. --Totten.
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From: "labour" The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
Labor \La"bor\ (l[=a]"b[~e]r), n. [OE. labour, OF. labour, laber, labur, F. labeur, L. labor; cf. Gr. lamba`nein to take, Skr. labh to get, seize.]
[Written also {labour}.]

1.Physical toil or bodily exertion, especially when fatiguing, irksome, or unavoidable, in distinction from sportive exercise; hard, muscular effort directed to some useful end, as agriculture, manufactures, and like; servile toil; exertion; work.
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God hath set Labor and rest, as day and night, to men Successive. --Milton.
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2.Intellectual exertion; mental effort; as, the labor of compiling a history.
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3.That which requires hard work for its accomplishment; that which demands effort.
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Being a labor of so great a difficulty, the exact performance thereof we may rather wish than look for. --Hooker.
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4.Travail; the pangs and efforts of childbirth.
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The queen's in labor, They say, in great extremity; and feared She'll with the labor end. --Shak.
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5.Any pang or distress. --Shak.
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6.(Naut.) The pitching or tossing of a vessel which results in the straining of timbers and rigging.
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7.[Sp.]
A measure of land in Mexico and Texas, equivalent to an area of 1771/7 acres. --Bartlett.
8.(Mining.) A stope or set of stopes. [Sp. Amer.]
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]
Syn: Work; toil; drudgery; task; exertion; effort; industry; painstaking. See {Toll}.
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From: "labour" The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
labour \la"bour\, n. Same as {labor}; -- British spelling. [Chiefly Brit.]
[PJC].
 
 
 
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